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I read two novels recently, one right after the other. Both were apparently outlined, but only one read seamlessly all the way through. Why? Because the first author seemed to outline only the events to take place in the book. I could … Continue reading
Writers have rules. They may not be carved in stone; they can be bent, broken, circumvented, but they’re still general guidelines that we’re supposed to follow. Generally. For the most part, readers don’t know this. They know what genre they … Continue reading
Though we’re not plagiarists, we writers are definitely thieves. One of us will come up with a clever turn of phrase or an effective action beat, and next thing you know, it’s everywhere — in every book we read — … Continue reading
Whenever I see a new client’s manuscript, I can tell almost instantly how mature the writing is just by flipping through a few pages. How? Because there are things that newbies do almost universally. But the good news is, of all … Continue reading
I love this meme. I posted it last Friday with the rest of the “Especially for Writers” memes, but the reason this particular one resonates with me is because it’s the story of my career. Here are some lessons from … Continue reading
In last Wednesday’s post, “Deep POV: Thinking Like Your Character,” I explained about how clumsy familial relationships can be when writing in deep POV. I’ve written about it before, and keep forgetting to clarify about using the POV character’s name. Sure enough, … Continue reading
Writing in a deep first or third person point of view is tricky. Just plain tricky. You’re limited to your POV character’s thoughts, physicality, emotions, knowledge. Everything that is going on in your story is interpreted through your POV character’s … Continue reading